Bible Reading Day 111

by markburlinson

Day 111 – Luke 17:20-37

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Good morning!
Waiting for the Kingdom.
 
Today Jesus follows His teaching on faith by answering a question from the Pharisees about the Kingdom of God. The Pharisees, with their focus on keeping the commandments, and their belief in the resurrection, had a great interest in the Kingdom of God, which they saw as a future state where mankind would keep God’s Law. Unfortunately, in their effort to keep the Law themselves, they distanced themselves from God by their self-righteousness.
 
Jesus confounds their self-focused outlook by telling them that the Kingdom is not visible,  but nonetheless already present (in Jesus, the King of the Kingdom). They must have been so confused! Incidentally – the way to minimize confusion about God’s Kingdom is to look at everything through the lens of Jesus. Any other viewpoint (whether tradition, or human wisdom) is misleading.
 
Then Jesus talks to His disciples about the future, and the Kingdom. He tells them they will soon long for the Kingdom to come, but it won’t (a reference to the suffering that awaits them as a result of the crucifxion, and after the resurrection). He shows them from history that the Kingdom of God (and the return of Jesus) will be a surprise to almost everyone, just as the Flood and the destruction of Sodom were surprises for almost everyone.
 
In response to this sudden, unexpected future event, our lives are to be lived with open hands and hearts. “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”
 
The only safe place to let go of your life, is into the hands of Jesus. Let’s all let go and allow Him to hold us.
 
Have a great day!

Mark.
 
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